Everyone knows how the life story ends. Maybe not the details of how. But everyone is aware of the mortality of the human condition, and therefore aware that life will inevitably end for all of us. However, we humans have a tendency of thinking that time is a never ending resource. We put things off for a later date, with good intentions and the firm belief that when that later date comes we will eagerly get around to doing those things, both big and small, that we’ve been putting off for when the “time is right”. We will finally book the trip to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, we will write that book, we will wake before dawn to watch the sunrise with our partner while enjoying a hot cup of coffee. We will finally get around to doing all of the things on our bucket list that we think will make our life richer and happier.
There are a number of things wrong with this approach to life. The largest issue being that time is a finite resource for ALL of us. There is no guarantee that you’ll be around next year, next month, or even tomorrow. Because of the variability and the scarcity of time, we should do a better job determining how we will use our time. Prioritizing how we spend our time the way we do with other scare resources: money, vacations, etc.
This post does a great job of illustrating time as a limited resource. The author, who is 34, mentions that he probably only has 300 books left to enjoy before the age of 90 (assuming he continues to read 5-ish books a year). Let's assume you're also in your mid 30's, and you'll be lucky enough to live to the ripe old age of 90. If you count all the books you have already read in your lifetime, including the books you had to read for school, then you've probably already read about 40% of the books you will EVER read in your ENTIRE life. Yikes! And whatever that number is (100, 500, 1,000 books), that number is a mere fraction of books available for the eager eye to devour....and more books get published every day.
While I may not be able to help you fully embrace the scarcity of time concept and its implications, and I maybe not be able to help you stop putting things off and finally book that tip to Mt. Kilimanjaro (though I can try my best to inspired by you through my own adventures here),... What I can do is share with you what I learn from the books I spend my time reading. I see no reason why I should be the only one to benefit from my reading addiction. By reading the summaries I post, you can save time by not reading the full books (still get the benefit from the books) AND you can reinvest that saved time into other endeavors that are weighing down your bucket list. Pretty sweet deal.